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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis


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Edward Davis (March 2, 1922 - November 3, 1986), who performed and recorded as Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, was an American jazz tenor saxophonist.

He played with Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie, as well as leading his own bands and making many recordings as a leader. He played in the swing, bop, hard bop, Latin jazz, and soul jazz genres. Some of his recordings of the 1940s also could be classified as rhythm and blues.

In the 1950s, he played with Sonny Stitt and with organist Shirley Scott, while from 1960 to 1962 he and fellow tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin led a quintet. From the mid-60s, Davis and Griffin also performed together as part of the Kenny Clarke - Francy Boland Big Band, along with other, mainly European jazz musicians.

His playing influenced Harry Gibson profoundly. Famous for his habit of tossing the saxophone in the air and catching it on completion of a solo, he did this to show that he was a master of the instrument, not the other way round…

Possessor of a cutting and immediately identifiable tough tenor tone, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis could hold his own in a saxophone battle with anyone. Early on, he picked up experience playing with the bands of Cootie Williams (1942-1944), Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk (1945-1946), and Louis Armstrong.


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  • Cat_007

    Very saxy... i like this tunes)

    14 Sep 2014 Reply
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  • gakko

    Look out for "Night Hawk", the fantastic 1960 Swingwille-album with: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Coleman Hawkins (ts) Tommy Flanagan (p) Ron Carter (b) Gus Johnson (d) ---( Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 30, 1960) Now, that is amazingly good stuff!

    24 Mar 2009 Reply
  • sGarrista-

    Good stuff.

    14 Jan 2008 Reply

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